Zero Clearance Table Saw Insert

On more than a few occasions, I’ve needed a zero clearance table saw insert. I was always too cheap to buy one specially made for my saw and didn’t have the planer to get the thickness I needed. So, instead of getting what I needed, I decided to wait. I finally purchased a planer about a month ago and then I ran into a project that I really needed an insert for.

I was cutting the plywood for the cabinet of my master bathroom double vanity. When I got to the crosscut dados, I had some unwanted tear out and knew it was finally time. I also turned this small project into an opportunity to use our fancy camera and make a YouTube video. I use YouTube almost daily to get instruction or inspiration for my own projects so I have been wanting to contribute for a while.

Pretty much everything is outlined in the video so I’m not going into great detail here. I had some Aleppo Pine (Jerusalem Pine) left over from another project. It’s not a super hard wood but its definitely harder than regular pine.

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I started by planing one section down to about the same size as my manufactured blade guard. I then traced it and cut it out with my bandsaw leaving it slightly over sized. I then straightened it out and brought it down to size using my bench sander which worked wonders. After having a template that fit, I took the rest of the Aleppo Pine and re-sawed it roughly in half giving me enough to make 4 inserts.
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After planing it to size, using my flush cut template bit and the insert template I quickly made 4 zero clearance table saw inserts. So far these things have worked great and now that I have a template to use, I can quickly make more when needed.
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